I use witch hazel in all of my facial toners which are all free of alcohol which can be very drying to the skin.
Witch hazel reduces inflammation. You can dab it on your skin directly with a cotton ball or use it in a toner that contains other natural hydrosols depending on your skin type.
Other uses for witch hazel as a natural remedy is to apply it to diaper rash.
It helps shrink bags under your eyes. Honestly, it's not an old wives' tale. One of the magical ingredients in products like Preparation H is witch hazel. This helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. So not only can you use it on your sensitive facial skin but on your butt as well! :)
It helps soothe poison ivy and poison oak. Witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling if you have acne or it can be used on bug bites. Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.
If your child comes down with chicken pox you can use the following recipe to help reduce the itching.
Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 40 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel.
Once completely mixed, and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes).
It heals bruises more quickly as well as soothing razor burn. The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around irritated hair follicles. Apply before or after shaving..this can apply to guys and gals equally.
You can also treat and soothe a nasty sunburn. Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel's specialties. Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.
All in all witch hazel is a wonderful plant to have in the garden and if you're not into making your own solution of witch hazel than buying some from a reputable health food store will do just fine!